have you tried kuler?
There is no common location for swatch libraries. However, to share swatch colors between InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop choose Save Swatches from the Swatches panel menu and save as an Adobe Swatch Exchange (.ase) file in InDesign. From Illustrator Swatches panel menu choose Save Swatch Library as ASE. You're limited to solid swatch colors (gradients, tints and patterns cannot be exchanged).
You could create your own common location on the server on your network.
In addition to that what Steve said: To exchange gradients between Illustrator and InDesign, just apply the gradient to an object and copy/paste between the two apps.
You can load the swatches with no documents open and they should be there for any new documents going forward.
At least that's how it works in InDesign - not too sure about Photoshop and Illustrator though...
No common location is a bummer. That's what I've been doing is saving the various .ase files too:
Photoshop CS6~CC/Presets/Color Swatches/
InDesign CS6~CC/Presets/Swatch Libraries/
I've got 17 different swatch libraries for different customers that are special cmyk mixes/corprate colors. It becomes a real drag when a customer add a new special mix or coporate color, then I have to update multiple macs. I was hoping that I could put the .ace's in one location on each mac, then just put an alias in the apps swatch folder, but sadly, it didnt work.
Maybe if you ask nicely on the Scripting forums - perhaps someone could create a script to use your .ase files to update all your swatches across apps.
I don't know how to do it - so I'll leave it at that.
There's also the Adobe Bridge Scripting Forum
Which might be a better place for this.
Thaks Eugene - It seems like Adobe would have a way to sync color libraries, like the way to sync adobe color settings with Bridge, but I guess not. It shouldn't be to hard to make a Automater script, maybe I will do that...
I've tried in many ways to save swatch tints that I've created into the swatch library in Indesign so that when I start a new document I can load them and they will all be grouped in a special folder.
I create and label the tints of the original spot color and it works great. However, when I save them to the library, it only saves the original swatch and not the tints that were created. Is there a way to make it so that the tints are preserved so I don't have to create them every time?
They wouldn't need to travel between programs, just within InDesign. They only work around I've seen is to paste artwork that uses those swatch tints into the new document. A clunky work around, but it works. Any advice would be great.
Cheers, and thank you!